16mm, color, 4 min. Dir. Donna Deitch.
"Our modern global economy connects disparate individuals in unexpected ways. At the intersection of international commerce, racial identity, and historical narrative, this story follows the propagation of demeaning representations of African Americans. From industrial China to the rural American south to contemporary Brooklyn, we observe the people and places that reproduce, consume and reclaim BLACK MEMORABILIA. This feature documentary takes us on a journey into the material culture of racialized artifacts and confronts us with the incendiary features of these objects. BLACK MEMORABILIA also moves beyond perverse attractions and absolute objections to collectibles and antiques that serve as reminders of America's troubled racial history. In the midst of roiling ethnic unrest in the US today, the film's confrontation of our feelings about these objects strikes at the heart of a pressing contemporary issue and opens a unique dialogue about the continuing legacy of racism in America."
The world of Batman memorabilia is rich and extensive, encompassing both the toys and action figures released during the show's original run, those manufactured in the decades after, original props and items from conventions and fan events. Collector Ralph Garman takes Adam West on a tour of his personal "cave" of collectibles, while Kevin Silva displays his official certification from the Guinness Book of World Records as the owner of the world's largest collection of Batman memorabilia. Also interviewed is Mark Racop, who custom-builds Batmobiles according to the show's original design. (Blu-ray.com)